Two weeks ago, New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda got away with smearing pine tar all over his pitching hand in a start against the Boston Red Sox. You know it, I know it … hell, the whole world knows it. So what did the big righthander do last night in front of a national television audience against those very same Red Sox at Fenway Park?
That’s right, he tried to commit the same crime again. To everyone’s shock, it didn’t work out so well for him or his team.
After Boston manager John Farrell asked umpires to inspect Pineda, a giant gob of pine tar on the right side of his neck was discovered and he was ejected from the game.
I’ve seen some dumb things in my life, but this is on a whole other level. You don’t rob a house in broad daylight, get away with it, and then go rob the same house in broad daylight after the family has installed a high-tech security system. No, you accept your good luck and try not to find yourself in a sticky situation again.
Before the game, Farrell even made an sarcastic comment about Pineda hiding his transgression better this time around. How the young hurler made it out to the mound with half a pound of pine tar smothered on his neck is beyond me. You’d think some bigger-brained Yankees would have made sure he didn’t repeat his mistakes.
Major League Baseball should throw the book at this guy — not for cheating but for being so terrible at it.